Fungal Toenail Infections: Myths and Facts

Whoever you are, you are vulnerable to a fungal nail infection. These highly contagious infections affect men, women, and children of all ages. Yet, it’s common for patients to see Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos laboring under a wide range of misconceptions around these common conditions. Let’s improve your foot health by clearing some of them up!

  1. “Only people with poor hygiene get foot infections.”

Microbes don’t discriminate. Anyone can fall victim to a wide range of infections, including fungal infections of the nails, fungal infections of the skin, such as athlete’s foot, and viral infections like plantar warts. Cleanliness has nothing to do with it. You can, however, protect your feet by avoiding going barefoot in public spaces.

  1. “Nail fungus is active in the summer and dormant in the winter.”

You can contract a fungal infection of your nails at any time during the year.

  1. “I would know if I have a fungal nail infection. My nails would be crumbly and severely discolored.”

A slight yellowing or whitening of the nails is often the first sign of infection, and you might be tempted to cover it up with polish. Take all changes to your nails' color or texture seriously and report them to your foot doctor without delay.

  1. “If I tell my podiatrist about this, I’m going to need surgery.”

If your doctor diagnoses a fungal nail infection, s/he will choose from a wide range of treatment options, including oral and topical medications and laser therapy.

Are you worried about fungal nail infection, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? A board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, will bring years of education and experience to examining your feet and the diagnosis and treatment of your issue. Schedule a convenient appointment in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office in the Ravenswood area today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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